Psalm 72 is one of the great prophetic psalms about the coming of the Messiah as a king who will bring justice and peace. A Prophecy whose fulfilment begins at Christmas but which will only be fulfilled completely on the last day. The lovely verse about his gentle coming in the nativity: ‘He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth,’ found its way into the beautiful mediaeval carol ‘I Sing Of A Maiden:
He came all so still
Where his mother was
As dew in April
That falleth on the grass.
My poetic response to the psalm echoes the carol but also picks up on the great Hope for the coming of Christ’s peaceable kingdom which runs through the whole psalm.
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Another psalm to praise your light and life
Another song of longing for the King
Who is to come, whose coming ends all strife,
Who will defend the poor, descend and bring
With him the saints in glory and a new
Heaven and Earth. And then those saints will sing
Their triumph song, and all that’s tried and true
Will live again beyond the reach of death.
Yet he has come already, like the dew
Upon the grass, borne on the quiet breath
Of God’s own Spirit, Christ the saviour came
To Bethlehem, like rain on the good earth
And those who met his love and learned his name
Became like him and kept this hope alive
That one day the whole world would live in him.
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